While the ramifications of Jon Jones not being able to compete at UFC 178 have sent shockwaves through MMA community, the biggest effect of his withdrawal might be how depleted it has left the UFC 177 PPV line-up.
Originally, the Flyweight title match between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Chris Cariaso was supposed to co-headline UFC 177 on August 30. When it was announced that Jon Jones would not be able to compete at UFC 178 in September, Johnson and Cariaso were pulled from UFC 177 to be the replacement. That left UFC 177 (happening in only two weeks) without a co-main event to complement the already-announced bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao.
Today, the UFC announced that the Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo lightweight match that was already scheduled as a main card match for UFC 177, would now serve as the event’s co main event.
That means that of the 20 fighters that are currently scheduled to participate at UFC 177, only four are ranked.
If Dillashaw or Barao are injured before the fight, it’s likely that the PPV would have to be cancelled.
Here’s the card as it stands now:
Main Card (PPV)
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao
Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Richard Odoms
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Ramsey Nijem
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Scott Jorgensen vs. Henry Cejudo
Yancy Medeiros vs. Justin Edwards
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)
Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak
Tags: Mixed Martial Arts, UFC 177